hello there. this is the news hour live from london. coming up eu leaders agree to triple funding for search and rescue operations as the migrants keep coming. >> i take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations. >> the u.s. reveals two hostages were killed in an operation on the afghan pack stand border. former cia chief david
patreus gets two years probation for giving classified information to his mis-tress. it's been one of the deadliest weeks for migrants trying to cross the mediterranean. the capsize of one boat is thought to have killed as many as 900 people. now the european union has access at an emergency summit in brussels. funding has been tripled for search and rescue operations.
they'll now have $9.7 million a month and that's roughly the same budget as italy's which was scrapped last year at funding was withdrawn because they thought it was encouraging migration. other nations may also contribute vessels and helicopters to help with the rescue effort. let's go now live to lawrence lee. have they done enough to silence the critics do you think? >>reporter: no, they haven't. i think the eu will in some ways reasonably be able to say tonight that they have fulfilled their primary purpose of this meeting which was to try to stop as many people to committing individual ships with a bigger
range to try to rescue people. no doubt these things will have the effects of limiting the number of people dieing in the mediterranean. but refugee groups the united nations, these people will say these things are no sort of substitute for a proper humanitarian commitment from the european union to helping those at risk for things like war or persecution. these are the bodies recovered in the mediterranean laid to rest in malta. outside the european council meeting, the coffin was the motif for the protesters outraged that people have been left to die in the sea so close to such rich countries. they should give rest to all of
them. many complained about a lack of basic rights in belgium where they managed to resettle. easy of course to see this protest as being about anger and injustice but there's something else here as well and it's this. these campaigners see in the tragedies in the mediterranean an opportunity to try to force europe's leaders to change their policies on immigration. but as they gathered the message coming loud and clear from the eu's leaders was that the priority was to stop people from getting on the boats in the first place. the president of france is going to the united nations to seek approval to attack smuggler boats on their coast. it can rescue people but the purpose is to stop them from getting into europe. >> they have agreed to triple the resources available to
triton and to enhance operational capability. it will continue to respond to the stress calls. i am happy to announce that leaders have already pledged significantly greater support including many more vessels, aircraft and experts and also money. >>reporter: lots of groups want to -- >> it's real important not to change not just the narrative but also the policies to stop criminalizing these communities. we see how they're being criminalize through chasing and fingerprinting and racial profiling. these policies need to be addressed and the approach is just wrong all together. >>reporter: many of europe's leaders with an eye on elections and public opinion have to say that they want to stop the deaths yet they also want to keep people they describe as
irregular migrants out. the eu has now committed to avoiding this sort of thing bought the walls of fortremendouses europe are getting higher. -- fortress europe are getting higher. lawrence we also know that france is talking about a u.n. resolution to go about destroying trafficker boats. how could that happen? >>reporter: well it comes from the thing that i thought frankly was the most important observation of the day given by the president of the european council. he said when he arrived here that in his opinion and i think this is a shared view the best way to stop people dying in boats is to stop them from getting on the boats in the first place and the logic of that follows then that you have to destroy the boats and go after the smugglers. how to go about doing that
through military action and the british delegation said to me that that's going to need united nations approval which is difficult and time consuming and frankly a bit messy as well. but refugee groups -- and this is really important -- would fundamentally agree with the point raised that in his view the best way is to stop them getting on the boats. they say the best way to stop them getting on the boats is if the european union adopted a settlement program for people at risk of persecution and resettle them properly so they don't have to take to the seas in the first place but of course that argument doesn't get anywhere with european leaders of countries where there's a lot of hostility towards people regarding immigration. they have their own countries to think about as well as their humanitarian obligations.
that's at the heart of this how do you stop people getting at risk at sea and somewhere down the line you assume if the u.n. agrees to it they're going to start bombing smuggler boats on the libyan coast line. what message does that send to those trying to escape syria. it seems very harsh. >> lawrence thank you. the united nations had criticized eu efforts attacking the crisis calling the ten-point plan it unveiled on monday too, quote, minimumalist. residents living on the italian island of sicily also had little faith that the talks in brussels would yield any real results. >>reporter: a very different group of people was making a different arrival on sicily.
the influx every day of hundreds of men, women, and children fleeing conflict poverty, and hardship has put massive strain on the coastal towns of southern italy. ask around and you'll find genuine contempt for the policymakers of the european union. >> it's europe and the italian government's fault. all these deaths are on their conscience. his friend is even angrier. they're running away to stay alive and avoid being killed. why didn't the politicians realize that before now? >>reporter: palermo has also received thousands of migrant survivors to its port. will the summit have any affect at all? >> to be honest, i don't have much faith. i don't think they'll help change anything. there was another tragedy a year and a half ago and nothing has changed. actually, i think the situation
has gotten worse. >>reporter: there is the sense here that on migration, eu leaders are barely tackling the symptoms never mind the route causes. >> either those who are trafficking trafficking, stop them. okay. >>reporter: the ship wrecks and sinkings which people elsewhere in europe can only read about here in sicily are being experienced up close and they're very cynical about the efforts of the politicians. the pressure for example, of having to deal with more than 70,000 migrants currently in reception centers here and the dismay and distress caused by having to retrieve and bury the bodies of those who don't make it across. the international maritime agency predicts half a million desperate migrants will risk their lives crossing the mediterranean this year. the agency warns it could be
10,000 people who die in the attempt. it will be the italians in the main who will have to bear the consequences of those numbers. will the plan lighten the burden? no one here believes so. paul brennan, al jazeera, sicily. let's talk more about all of this with kevin watkins, the executive director of the overseas development institute. thank you for joining us. what did you make of today's outcome? was it as you expected? >> well it's shockingly negligent and it's far too little far too late. there are not enough specifics. this is a european community that dissolved what was a very successful search and rescue operation, the italian operation. they replaced it with a completely ineffective, underfunded border control operation essentially. now, we're now being told they're going to triple the funding. there are no hard numbers on that. there are a number of very vague
generalities about voluntary measures by member states. people are dying out there and it's really unacceptable for europe to move this slowly in the face of a crisis of this magnitude. >> is it domestic policy that slows this sort of thing down? is that what's at the core of why it seems to be so difficult to find a humanitarian program? >> well you know we've got the tale of political xenophobia in europe. the rise of nationalist parties in france u.k. the extreme right in sweden and i think political leaders are really thinking first and foremost about their own backyard and not wanting to expose themselveses to the risk of attack by these very nationalistic groups and the price of that is sort of the half measures we've seen coming out of brussels.
>> do you agree the best way to stop this is stop them from getting on the boats at all if we also have some sort of proper humanitarian effort? >> it goes without saying if people didn't get on the boats, we wouldn't have the problem. to stop that we need to do far more. there are 4 million refugees in syria. we've seen very little support, no education, inadequate help. no employment. of course they're going to try to seek a better life in europe. our first priority in europe has to be the humanitarian imperative to stop these deaths. there are many other things we need to do. sort of the asylum policy. the absolute humanitarian imperative is to stop these deaths. this is the moment for some human empathy on the part of the european union. >>reporter: do you think that this tripling of funding that we -- i know you said there's no
specifics but they were talking about how it would -- but i think the mandate is not quite the same and it was quite confusing in the press conference to figure out exactly what were they saying. >> the confusion is abject. they're talking about tripling what is now a 3 million euros a month border patrol operation operating about 10 kilometers from the european coast. that's not where most of the deaths were occurring. they were operating much further out to sea. we have not had the hard financial commitments to restore that operation. we need a full scale, multilateral european union led search and rescue operation in the mediterranean. a border control operation even if expanded slightly is not going to solve the problem. we have to remember there are all sorts of people dying when the other operation was in
place. that wasn't big enough. so going back to the funding then won't be enough. >> storing up problems for the future perhaps, kevin. thank you very much for joining us. coming up this news hour no let up. saudi-led planes launch at least 20 more air strikes against yemen's houthis. thousands march in south africa to condemn the deadly attacks there reason migrant workers. and as he builds up to his big fight in vegas, manny pachiato gets bad news. details coming up in sports. u.s. president barack obama has apologized for the deaths of two hostages killed during a u.s. drone operation against al quaeda targets in january.
an american and italian aid worker died during the operation along with two al quaeda leaders. here's more from washington. >>reporter: the u.s. government rarely even acknowledges drone strikes in pack stand and afghanistan. >> i want to express our grief and condolences. >>reporter: but now the u.s. president is apologizing for two because two hostages were inadvertently killed. american warren weinstein and an italian, both aid workers held hostage by al quaeda for years. >> i take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations including the one that took the lives of warren and gio. i profoundly regret what happened and ask for
forgiveness. >> no soldier left behind? what about no citizen left behind. he deserves to come home. >>reporter: after hearing the news of his death, the family released a statement saying al quaeda is ultimately responsible but they went on to criticize the u.s. government saying unfortunately the assistance we received from other elements of the u.s. government was inconsistent and disappointing over the course of three and a half years. the president didn't even mention the other two americans
killed. >>reporter: on the other hand you have actual civilian casualties that have been acknowledged. so that calls into question both the standards used as well as the reliability of the intelligence that is being used to carry out this lethal force program. >>reporter: it's a program that independent experts say have killed thousands of people including hundreds of innocent civilians. the president is not promising a review of the drone program but says the american people will know in this case what went wrong and why these two civilians were killed. we have more now on how the admission will be viewed in pack stand itself. >>reporter: u.s. drones have been actively targeting compounds on the pakistani side of the board along the
mountainous regions which separates the two countries even though there have been hundreds of civilian casualties as stated by the bureau of investigative journalism, am necessity international, the u.n. and condemnation from pack stand that there is invariably civilian casualties as well. the americans have never apologized for the drone strikes. however, it is interesting to see that the u.s. is now apologizing, the american president taking responsibility for an operation that went terribly wrong back in january and admitting that at least two of the hostages including an american and an italian were killed in that particular strike by the u.s. so indeed there will be question marks as to whether there should have been an apology for the hundreds of civilians also killed in pack stand's tribal area. >> former cia director david
petreus has been sentenced to two years of probation for leaking classified information to his mistress. he was sentenced in charlotte, north carolina. so a fine and a couple of years probation? >>reporter: indeed and that is a sentence that many believe is too lenient given serious nature of the crime. however, the lawyers for david petreus argued for leniency. it was stark contrast of seeing him plead guilty given his decades of public service. this is a man who has been called an american hero by some of the most prestigious and high level officials in the united
states. to see him sitting there listening and pleading guilty to these charges was really quite astound astounding. the argument by the judge as he carried out the sentence was that there should be $100,000 versus the $40,000 that the prosecutors have recommended. there was in fact a serious lapse in judgment and a serious nature that really need to be reflected in the sentence but david petreus did avoid jail time and could have faced up to a year in prison and got just two years probation. >> kimberly thank you. joining me from washington d.c. is robert grenier, a former director of the cia's counterterrorism center. he worked with general david petreus. very warm welcome, sir, to the program. do you agree he's getting off lightly? >> well i'm not sure i would say he's getting off lightly. i think we have to see this in
context. this is a man who had his career ruined by this incident. they were held up to mortification for two years. he had to sit in a courtroom as someone who had pled guilty to a misdemeanor and so i think that along with the punishment just meteked out today by the judge was -- it would be very hard to argue that he had done material damage to the national security as a result and i think that's part of the reason he was dealt with quote unquote somewhat lightly. >> what is public opinion saying? he did suffer extreme lapse of judgment. what is public opinion judging the sentence today? >> i'm not sure i'm the best one to pronounce on broad public opinion. i think that again, as was pointed out in the report this
was a general who was highly revered, probably the most decorated general of his generation. i don't think there's any question about that. and he's had quite a presip ittous fall so i think a certain amount of sympathy has gone along with this. those who have criticized it are those whom you expect to criticize i had, those representing individuals who were guilty and sentenced for having leaked classified information under somewhat different circumstances who received prison sentences where general petreus did not. >> do you think there's anything the cia can learn from this particular scandal? >>reporter: well no. i don't think that there's anything really to be learned from this. obviously senior agency officials and others in the intelligence community know very well that they're not supposed to make highly classified information available to those who are not authorized to see it. there is no surprise there.
and i think that what the judge has done is make very clear that they want to deter any such judgments in the future and that's why a larger fine than recommended was imposed. >> sir, thank you for joining us on the program. now, the saudi-led coalition has launched for strikes against houthi targets in yemen. nearly two and a half thousand air missions have been carried out during the month-long campaign. the saudis say 95% of defenses in the hands of the houthis has been destroyed and the death toll has now passed 1,000 with more than 4,300 people injured. nicole johnson has the story. >>reporter: before the war, aden was a busy hub city. now tanks rumble through the streets. these men are loyal to yemen's
president hadi who is in exile. and they support the saudi arabia-led campaign to restore him to power. >> we urge you to continue your operation because it is what kicked out the houthis, and we in the south, we salute you. >>reporter: there have been street battles in aden between pro government forces and houthi rebels. and the air strikes haven't stopped either. two days ago, rhiaad indicated bombing was over but early thursday morning, aden taiz and other cities were hit again. after almost a month of bombing, most people in yemen want the war to end. >> we hope for things to calm down and aden to become safe. and for the houthi militants to leave aden and go back to their areas. >>reporter: the capital has been badly damaged. this is a city with a world
heritage listed historic center. but outside old center, cars have been hit. people search for their things. some blame yemen's politicians. >> what's happening here is a humanitarian crisis. these homes and the victims are a result of what the politicians have done to yemen. >>reporter: in taiz long lines have formed for food a political solution to the conflict seems a long way off. saudi arabia says it's ended the first phase of operation decisive storm and they're replacing it with operation renewal of hope. but with more than 150,000 people forced out of their homes by the fighting every day is a struggle and there's no clear sign that saudi arabia is about to end its war in yemen. nicole johnston, al jazeera still to come this hour
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>> it resulted from mistakes that i made. as i did in the past i apologized to those closest to me and to many others including those with whom i was privileged to serve in government and in the military over the years. i want to take this opportunity also to thank those who have expressed and demonstrated support for me as i have started over. air strikes in syria have killed 32 people. the biggest loss of life came when a hospital was hit in northern aleppo province. these pictures appear to show the aftermath of the strikes two months ago, the u.n.
special envoy to syria briefed the security council about the start of his imminent freeze plan for aleppo but that plan never got off the ground. he says that the plan failed because he was not equipped for the role. our diplomatic editor explains. >>reporter: no one doubts that he has one of the toughest jobs in diplomacy. he's the u.n. special envoy charged with trying to bring peace to syria, a place that's seen more blood shed and carnage than anywhere else in the last few years. until recently his principle political -- dissatisfaction with the way he has been running his mission. >> i think over time it became increasingly clear that we were
engaged in what even under the best of circumstances amounted to no more than a rather meaningless side show that was going nowhere. >>reporter: he's particular critical of the way he announced his plan for a cease fire or freeze in aleppo. he briefed the press after informing the security council in a closed session. >> it should be something that freezes the conflict in that area. >>reporter: but it's claimed at this point he hasn't properly floated the idea with the syrian government or the opposition. >> the total absence of prepatory work meant you were not going to get a freeze but frost bite. >>reporter: his predecessors -- >> in my experience in trying to deal with these issues
de-mistura was out of his depth. he simply wasn't up to the task and i don't mean this so much as a personal criticism as an observation that he simply doesn't have the right background and expertise. >>reporter: and he makes this charge. >> there was a very serious issue of -- to put it bluntly cronyism and dodgy personnel decisions. they were given almost unlimited responsibilities. >>reporter: when he last briefed the security council two months ago, de-mistura told them about the imminent start of the aleppo
freeze plan. now that plan is dead. he's going to brief them about a new initiative a series of talks in geneva. but some may be asking whether he's the right person to lead a new process. he's the spokesman for the u.n. chief and says the u.n. has great confidence in stephan de-mistura. >> i think de-mistura presented this idea of a freeze to the security council and then to the press but prior to that he had been in damascus and had extensive consultations and discussions with the government. he and his team had also had discussions with various opposition groups and i think he announced it because he saw a willingness on the part of the government to perhaps move forward on the freeze.
so i think the fact to say that there was no prep work i think is a mischaracterization of the situation. nigerian soldiers are reported to have retreated from boko haram's last strong hold a day after they began an offensive to root them out. there were worried the area had been booby trapped. intelligence officials thought the girls were being held there but they have failed to find them thousands of south africans have rallied against a recent wave of immigrant violence. six people have been killed and thousands homeless following a number of xenophobiaic --
campaign fobic xenophobic attacks. >>reporter: civil society groups, school children religious leaders, trade unions and foreign workers joined the march. >> we are united in moving forward. >> at the end of the day, doesn't matter where you come from or who you are. we're all just human and are trying to get through it together. >>reporter: some groups of foreigners have left the country in fear since the attacks began last month. there's resentment some locals
that foreigners are taking their jobs. the attacks have brought shame to this nation. one that's struggled against racism for so long. >> the message we want to put across is that all of us are not xenophobic. let us come together and march together. >>reporter: the government has launched a media campaign against xenophobia and is reaching out to communities and deploying the army for what it describes as hot spot >> we must continue to work together so that we never again have a situation like this. ♪♪ >>reporter: in 2008 more than 60 people were killed in another wave of xenophobic violence. the court said then as now the policy and unemployment were among the root causes.
those problems still exist today and voices calling for change are growing louder. charles ratford, al jazeera, johannesburg. local elections would be held before this october's presidential poll. the president's rivals -- greece is struggling to repay its debt. the government is now faced with the choice of paying interest on the money it owes to avoid defaulting or paying its public sectors. here's this report from southern greece. >>reporter: these motorway worker jobs should be secure. a year ago, the government pledged $1.5 billion to broaden this motorway.
it was part of an $8 billion road works package designed to boost the economy. but the new government has not paid contractors for three months. the money has been diverted to repay creditors including funds from europe sent to greece to pay for these roadways. >> if we lose this there's the danger that it will not be finished by 2015 and in such case the european union has the right not only not to fund the remaining part but also to ask the finances for the total back. this would be a disaster for yeas. >>reporter: some contractors are already unable to pay salaries. greek construction has surged a quarter of a million jobs in the last six years. european subsidies have been its only source of revenue.
but today it accounts for less than 2% of the greek economy. but the government cash crunch now threatens a larger chunk of the economy. pensions make up 15% of all money spent. the state pumps $1.5 billion a month into the welfare system. unemployment is so high that pension funds only cover half their needs from contributions. once again, the government has asked the funds -- most have so far refused. >> this is an emergency. we're talking about a small amount of money that can only be left for a few weeks. it has to be paid attend of the month so pensions can be paid out and there's the fear it may not be. >>reporter: the government officially promises to repay creditors in full but its money is quickly running out. some ministers say it will prioritize the economy over creditors if push comes to shove but that could leave the greek
economy more isolated than ever. now the video sharing website youtube is ten years old. since being launched in 2005, it has revolutionize the way we consume video. >> so here we are on an elephant. >> this was youtube's cofounder. he became the first person to post a video, his trip to a zoo. the site then allowed anyone to post footage no matter how trivial. ♪♪ this was shot in material 80s and up loaded in 2007 and coughed up 40 million views. clips like this helped coin the phrase viral video. [baby crying].
>> well youtube has also become a valuable source of revenue for advertisers. this video has been viewed 860 million times and has earned hundreds of thousands of dollars through revenue sharing deals with youtube. ♪♪ with 2.3 billion views and counting, the most watched video on youtube so far is the video gangnam style by south korean artist psy. but of course youtube has also become a platform for much much more serious content as well. fighters battling in syria use it to show the reality on the ground in places too dangerous for journalists. in some places it's helped
support accusations of war crimes like the use of chemical weapons joining us from california is our technology expert and chief executive of the internet safety organization. thank you for joining us. before we get to your favorite video, tell us how much the world has changed since youtube came into being. it's only been a decade. >> dramatically. in order to get on television in front of thousands let alone millions of people you had to be associated with a broadcasting company back then. but now anybody can potentially go viral and reach millions and millions of people. there are plenty of youtube videos with more views than any prime time television show. in fact i can't imagine any show besides maybe the super bowl that gets more viewers than at least a few of the very very highly visible youtube videos.
>> and anybody can tell their story in their own words and of course that story can then transfer borders as well. it's such a powerful thing. >> it is. and it really means that somebody in any part of the world can have an audience in every other part of the world. so you could be a child in remote africa theoretically. and now it's very easy to create it and up load it to youtube. >> how has youtube developed since it was first conceived? >> well i think you kind of demonstrated it in your package. it used to be silly little types of shows but now we're seeing political protests we're seeing hollywood movies previewed on
youtube, politicians have their own youtube channels. barack obama uses it a lot to get his ideas across. and just about every major jar corporation uses its to market. >> what about the darker side of youtube, inappropriate content, bullying these things? i know it goes some way to dealing with it but there is a dark side nonetheless. >> sure there is ranging from isis and al quaeda using it for propaganda videos to kids and adults bullying. there are some negative things. they don't allow pornography or violence. occasionally these things sneak in but they're always taken down but, again, with billions of videos up loaded all the time, you're bound to have negative things but the majority of content is appropriate but of course there are going to be some bad apples out there. >> larry, thank you for being
have been evacuated around the volcano and concern is now growing as ash spreads across the region. >>reporter: ash and smoke can be seen for miles as the volcano roars to life. the first of two eruptions began overnight. supercharged particles thrust into the atmosphere creating powerful lightening storms. the president of chili has issued a red alert closing local schools and airports and ordering anybody nearby to leave quickly. >> we've decided to enact a health warning to all towns. this is a decision that will continue to develop as we manage to assess more closely on the ground the different situations. >>reporter: in a town close to the volcano, up to half a meter of ash and boulders covered the
entire area. >> when the rocks began to fall we evacuated the area. we took a few things with us but now have to come back and collect other things. >>reporter: winds have also driven the cloud into neighboring argentina. residents here woke up to volcanic ash covering the streets. it's the first time it's erupted in 43 years. this video capturing the full scale of the eruption. it's considered one of the most dangerous of chili's 90 active volcanos. and while there's no lava yet, scientists are watching closely. they say a more aggressive eruption could be on its way. now here is all the sports
news. said it would continue to monitor throughout the season. the tour de france was not implicated in the doping cases football's european govern body has avoided a potentially awkward political situation. opening up the possibility of teams from russia and ukraine from meeting in the finals. they'll be breathing a sigh of relief. the last russian team left in is now out beaten in away goals. of the two ukranian teams, they're through. european politicians are discussing if they should -- the
council of europe is in talks about allegations of corruption surrounding the peace process. they've already been cleared of any serious wrong doing. they're pushing ahead with preparations for the tournament and have now released details of their latest world cup stadium. >> the new stadium design another step for the 2022 world cup and the first major one since it was confirmed the tournament will take place in qatar's winter months. >> there's a sense of relief because when things are pending you want closure. i think everyone is happy the date has been set. it brings a sense of closure on the subject and a sense of clarity for the future. >> 40,000 seats in the stadium will still have cooling technology and will host until
the quarter finals. construction is expected to start in the beginning of next year and be ready in 2029. qatar 2022 will continue to monitor. >> we have strict requirements for worker welfare. we have standards and we force the standards on our contractors. they need to abide by the standards. we carry out regular inspections to visit the labor camps verifying periodically that they continuously adhere to the requirements. >>reporter: while this is the fifth of eight stadiums qatar will have for the world cup, it's not clear how many in total there will be for the tournament. another thing they're not clear about is whether the confederation cup will take place in qatar a year before the event fifa suggested it could
take place in another country in the middle east. >> they don't want to disrupt the seasons of the leagues for more than one season so it's understandable. however, there's an understandable there will be an event replacing the confederation cup. >>reporter: there are still going to be more complex situations organizers will face. they say they continue to work closely with all stakeholders. .
>> my challenge is playing at my best level again and i will work until that happens. so i have the conviction that, that will happen and i will work until i do that until -- until i get back to my best. let's wait for a while. jill thank you very much. that's it from me for this news hour. i'll be back in just a moment though with much more of the
eu leaders agree to triple funding for search and rescue operations as the migrants keep oncoming. coming up. >> on behalf of the united states government i offer our deepest apologies to the families. >> the u.s. reveals two hostages held by al quaeda were killed in an operation on the afghan pack stand border former cia chief david petreus gets two years probation and a h